Validating the SumMean 18F-FDG PET Textural Feature as a Prognostic Marker in an Independent Cohort of Locally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Undergoing Concurrent Chemoradiation Therapy

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Purpose: Analyses from the ACRIN6668/RTOG0235 trial data identified the SumMean textural feature, calculated from 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography for tumors with a metabolic tumor volume >93 cm3, as a predictor of overall survival (OS) for patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (LA-NSCLC) receiving concurrent chemoradiation therapy. Here, we validated that finding in a completely independent patient cohort from a single institution. Methods and Materials: We identified patients with LA-NSCLC who underwent staging 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and received definitive chemoradiation therapy at our institution between 2007 and 2018. Primary tumors were segmented semiautomatically, and SumMean score was calculated for each tumor and categorized according to the previously proposed cutoff of 0.018. In patients with metabolic tumor volume >93 cm3, SumMean was evaluated as a predictor of progression-free survival (PFS) and OS using log rank and Cox proportional hazards testing. Results: One hundred forty-eight patients met inclusion criteria, and 34 had large tumors (>93 cm3). Twelve (35%) had high SumMean, and 22 (65%) had low SumMean. SumMean was not significantly associated with other clinical variables. Median PFS for patients with large tumors and low SumMean was 5.8 months, compared with 41.1 months for patients with large tumors and high SumMean (log rank P =.022). Median OS for patients with large tumors and low SumMean was 15.0 months; median OS was not reached for patients with large tumors and high SumMean (log rank P =.014). In multivariable analysis, high SumMean was an independent predictor of improved OS (hazard ratio, 0.26; 95% confidence interval, 0.07-0.94; P =.041) and PFS (hazard ratio, 0.30; 95% confidence interval, 0.10-0.86; P =.026). Conclusions: We externally validated SumMean as a prognostic marker for patients with LA-NSCLC treated with chemoradiation therapy in an independent patient cohort. Future studies will explore potential mechanisms for this association and how textural features may help guide treatment decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e46-e51
JournalPractical Radiation Oncology
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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